How to Add Video to a Craigslist Ad

Published: Dec 19, 2020 | Tyler Golberg | Last Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Article on how to add a video preview to a Craigslist ad

It technically isn’t possible to add video to a Craigslist ad but this workaround will get you very close. It’ll take a few steps but the end result will keep Craigslist users engaged and help you close more sales.

How to Add the Video Link

  1. Upload video to your YouTube or Vimeo account.
  2. Take a screenshot of the video on pause.
    • You’ll need this screenshot to create the “preview” image of the video for the Craigslist ad. Use the “PrtSc” key on a PC or Command+Shift+4 on a Mac.
  3. Upload the screenshot to
    • After the image is uploaded, click on “Full Size” and then copy the code from the middle box under HTML-Code. You’ll just need the image link in the middle portion, which should look something like this:
    • It is recommended that you resize you images to be about 500 pixels wide. is great for editing images if you need a free tool.
  4. Add the following HTML code to your Craigslist Ad where you want the video preview to show up. Be sure to replace the YouTube and Imgur links with your own links.

Example of the Video Preview Image in a Craigslist Ad

This will give an end result that looks like an embedded YouTube video. The good part of this strategy is that it is not tricking the Craigslist user since it is leading the intended video.

Example of a Craigslist Ad with a video preview

Strategy Considerations

Make sure to add a great description to your video as well. It is much easier to add links and calls to action on YouTube than it is on Craigslist, so take full advantage.

Keep in mind you can also link to a page on your own website with that YouTube video embedded. This can give you the most control over the user experience. Just make sure to keep the user’s best interests in mind when adding a video to a Craigslist ad so you can maximize quality leads.


Tyler Golberg

Tyler is a website strategist at CYBERsprout and one of the co-founders of Dealer Promoter Pro. When not writing about digital strategies, you can find Tyler hanging out with his kids, tinkering with robots, and playing hockey.

Will our platform help you sell more?

Find out our recommendation for you by answering just a few questions.

Questions Other Users Asked

When did Craigslist start charging for car ads?

To further monetize the platform, Craigslist started charging $5/ad for dealers to post car ads back in 2013. Then in 2019 they started charging $5 for personal used car ads. While this might seem like a bad thing, it weeded out a lot of the spam and scams in that category. Plus, it allowed for…

How do you post Craigslist ads in multiple cities?

The best method is to use a professional Craigslist posting service that uses an approved method for creating ads in multiple cities. While “unauthorized posting agents/services are prohibited,” you can use ad software that uses the official Craigslist API to post nationwide. If you do use an unapproved Craigslist service or DIY, a proxy will…

How do you search all of Craigslist with Google?

There are Google search operators that allow you to perform a search only on You need to include “” in your search query. This tells Google to only search Craigslist and no other website. Here is an examples search for all Craigslist below. Note that this will include all of the Craigslist city…

More Insight on Craigslist

Craigslist HTML guide

Craigslist HTML Guide and Cheat Sheet

Have you already looked at the official Craigslist HTML guide? It is super confusing and provides little context. Craigslist even admits they don’t really keep it up to date. Check the (infrequently updated) list of supported HTML for more details. I had to do some digging and testing but I was able to put together the…

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.